California Bakery’s 6-foot-tall Star Wars character made of bread is called ‘Pan Solo’


From freezing in ready-made carbonite to sticking in bread? Han Solo, the famous Star Wars villain, is in another sticky situation, and this one is even worse than the last.

One House Bakery in Benicia, California, made a life-size replica of a frozen Han Solo out of bread dough. This is similar to what happened to Harrison Ford’s character at the end of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

“Pan Solo is wrapped in levainite ☺️?… we are giant geeks!” One House Bakery said in an Instagram post on Sunday.

The bakery said the bread sculpture was made for a scarecrow competition in the area. Hannalee Pervan, who is also One House’s co-owner and head baker, and her mother Catherine Pervan, who is also the bakery’s co-owner and chocolatier, made Pan Solo.

“We’re super fans when it comes to science fiction, and the Star Wars franchise is obviously so iconic,” Kathryn told USA TODAY, adding that Han Solo frozen in carbonite is “an image that everybody knows, and I don’t think anyone has ever made it out of bread.

Three months ago, the two began making plans for their project. “After that, it took about a month of off-hours work,” Hanali said, noting that they worked several hours every night after the bakery closed to build the 6-foot structure.

Pervan said they first used plywood and a mask of Harrison Ford to get the body proportions right. They then made and baked many layers of dough to make Pan Solo’s body and details.

“Dead dough” that has no yeast is used to make Pan Solo. Besides, it’s just a mixture of flour, water and sugar.

Hannalee said with a laugh, “You could eat it.” “Only now it would taste terrible because we painted it (so birds and squirrels wouldn’t eat Pan Solo).” During the process, Hannalee was also used as a model for the body of Pan.

“I’m basically the same height as (Harrison Ford),” she said. “So I just went to bed… It was like 11 o’clock at night (and) I was like, ‘Just follow me, it’ll work.’” Hanali and Kathryn said Pan Solo will be outside One House Bakery until after Halloween.

“People come day and night,” Catherine said. “We have a camera outside so we can see people in here around 1 or 2 in the morning” People are taking pictures, smelling the building and messing it up. “The response has been just crazy, people are fascinated by it,” added Catherine.

Pan Solo is part of the annual Benicia Scarecrow Contest. During the month of October, downtown businesses put up “scarecrows” as part of this event. This year, visitors have until October 23 to vote for their favourite.

Hannalee and Catherine Pervan put in a lot of effort. And this isn’t the first time One House Bakery has come up with creative, bakery lines for the contest that are impressive.

In 2020, the bakery made “Pain-dough-lorian”, along with “baby dough-da” and “pandroid”. And last year they did “Dough-ki” which was based on Loki the Alligator from Marvel Comics.

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